The Philippine National Police asked Facebook to take down accounts and pages that have been found to spread fake news. The statement comes after the PNP found out that old cases that has been solved or crimes discovered to be hoaxes have been sensationalized or gaining traction on the social media.

After conducting its own investigation, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group has gathered more inputs to support its request for Facebook to remove posts that have been fact-checked as fake news and to shut down accounts and pages that spreads it.

“Please always be mindful of the authenticity of the information and the credibility of its source,” said PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. “Unverified information or any information that cannot be independently validated as factual should always be dealt with caution and prudence, especially if the source is dubious or unknown.”

Recently, a 2017 case about a “chop-chop scam” has resurfaced on Facebook, which the PNP said that it was proven to be a hoax.

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The public is cautioned to believe unverified news and information on any social media platform, and should not readily believe or spread such posts.

Netizens are also warned of posting and sharing fake news on their respective social media accounts.

“Time and again, we are giving stern and strict warning to those who are uploaders of fake news that if they are found to be responsible on matters such as this mess, a full force of the law will be accorded to them. We appeal to the public to be calm and avoid panic because the viral information is not true and never happened. Nonetheless, we further call to the public to report to us immediately any information pertaining to this fake news uploaded and rest assured that NCRPO will run after them,” says PNP chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo.

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